The Fenwick High School girls golf team edged Oak Park and River Forest 173-176 at the Willow Crest Golf Course in Westmont in a dual match on Sept. 28. The crosstown rivals meet again this week (Oct. 7 at the Cog Hill Course #1) as the top two contenders in the 11-team St. Ignatius Regional of the Class AA.
Before the Friars and Huskies tee it up in the first round of the IHSA state playoffs, here’s a review of Fenwick’s season to date and postseason aspirations.
The Friars have had a wonderful season by virtually any measure. The head coaching transition from Joseph Konrad to Kitty Delaney has been seamless. Delaney, Konrad’s assistant coach for the previous four years, inherited a roster of talented players who have powered Fenwick to a 10-2 record overall and 7-1 mark in conference play.
Tri-captains Stephanie Mroz, Frankie Bell and Amy Kucera led Fenwick to a runner-up finish in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference tournament at the Glencoe Golf Club last week. All three recorded top 15 scores and earned All-Conference recognition.
As a freshman last year, Mroz was the East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year and tied for 17th at the state final.
“Stephanie is a tremendous talent,” Delaney said. “She has continued to work hard this year and has great potential for growth. She was medalist in four dual matches this season. I expect her to play very well in regional and sectional competition and hopefully qualify again for state.”
Bell, a medalist in three dual matches this season, and Kucera improved their games by playing in the Illinois Junior Golf Association summer tour.
“Frankie has led by example with her dedication to practice and her mental and emotional maturity on the golf course,” Delaney said. “She is ready to turn in low rounds (at the regional, sectional) and advance to her first state tournament as a senior.
Kucera, a Riverside resident, is the final member of the Friars’ Big 3.
“I can always count on Amy to turn in a consistently low score,” Delaney said. “She has provided tremendous leadership to our younger, less experienced players this year. All three girls have learned to enjoy and embrace the process of striving to improve all aspects of their golf games.”
Sophomores Olivia Morrissey and Natalie Mortell, along with freshman Alexis Attard, round out the starting lineup. Patricia Liston, Clare Frumkin, Nikki Caron and Mary Kate Murphy are the other team members.
“The girls on our team sincerely like each other and have a great time together,” Delaney said. “They are empathetic, disciplined, respectful and humble. It’s tremendously rewarding being their coach.”